Vladislav Davidzon, Tablet's European culture correspondent, is a Russian-American writer, translator, and critic. He was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and lives in Paris.
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On the Road With Bernard-Henri Lévy, the Planet’s Last Superstar French Intellectual

From Paris to Benghazi to Dhaka to Kiev, France’s most prominent, and tireless, public philosopher is also its de facto statesman

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Jewish Sexual Pathology, Islamist Terror, and the Collapse of the West at Cannes

The French film festival goes raw on depictions of incest, murder, DSK, Ukraine, Timbuktu, and stardom

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Maidan’s Mother Teresa Talks Ukraine’s Future

Olga Bogomolets pushes for economic growth and a turn toward the E.U.

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Avigdor Lieberman Speaks Russian in Brooklyn

The Israeli foreign minister met with fellow Soviet Jewish émigrés last night

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The Best Little Jewish Publishing House in London

Peter and Martine Halban run England’s most cosmopolitan and finely curated Jewish and Middle Eastern-themed literary press

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Putin Defends Ukraine’s Jews, Slams Ukraine’s Jewish Oligarchs

Cites Ukraine’s appointment of oligarchs as governors as reason for unrest

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Did Richard Wagner Inspire Hitler or Did He Inspire ‘Star Wars’? And Does It Matter?

The whole question of modernity, in new assessments of the German composer and his work

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Anti-Semitic Comedian Dieudonné in Hot Water With French Authorities

Provocateur’s legal woes coincide with rising anti-Jewish sentiment in Paris

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Sigmund Freud’s Sicko Grandson: Cruel Lover, Terrible Father, One Hell of a Painter

Two new biographical studies and dual exhibits in Vienna plumb the psychodrama of the great Lucian Freud

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Women of the Gulag: From Stalin to Pussy Riot

A new history and film remind amnesiac Russia of the individual lives shattered and disfigured by Stalinist oppression

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French Court Convicts ‘L’Antisémite’ Director

Dieudonné M’bala M’bala guilty of incitement to hatred, racial discrimination

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All That Is Solid Melts Into Berman: The Unkempt Emperor of New York Intellectuals

The late political theorist, Marxist philosopher, and urbanist, who died this year, was my teacher and spiritual guide

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A High-Profile Day in French Court

Cases involving National Front leader Marine Le Pen, Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson, and death metal rocker Varg Vikernes

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Was Chagall Actually Any Good? The French and British Disagree.

A new show at the Jewish Museum in New York follows contrasting exhibits in Liverpool and Paris

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Tensions Build in Advance of Hasidic Pilgrimage

A large cross installed without permits at the site of a mass Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage was recently vandalized with Hebrew graffiti pledging vengeance

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Secrets of English World War II Upper-Class Nazi Club Revealed by a Venetian Dandy

A new film about England’s avowed anti-Semites stirs a champion of European tolerance, liberalism, and civilization

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Big Jew-Off at Cannes

European cineastes clash with American ironists and shlock-meisters at the film-world’s biggest hoedown

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91-Year-Old Yiddish Rock Star

A visit with Arkady Gendler, the last link to the living roots of Yiddish culture, on the eve of a new album

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Sharia Don’t Like It

An Israeli director is beaten in France, and his film, Rock the Casbah, gets mired in politics of perception

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Undercover at Auschwitz

World War II hero Witold Pilecki infiltrated the death camp and reported to the Polish high command

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Everything Is Regurgitated: Jewish Memory in the old Jerusalem of Ukraine

Living off of Jewish memory in old Chernowitz, once the Jerusalem of Ukraine

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Bulldozing Soviet Art

A series of exhibits focuses on Oscar Rabine. Did his 1978 exile to Paris clear new ground for dissident art?

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The Ghosts of Edward Saïd

A provocative Paris show of Orientalist art charts the European encounter with Sephardic Jewry

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L’Antisémite, Banned at Cannes

A new French film is worth watching if only for its portrayal of aesthetic corruption propelled by bigotry

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Odessa Story: Reading Isaac Babel in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Black Sea port has lost most of its Jews, but not the vestiges of the muddled, criminal city Isaac Babel imagined

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